James Blackmon was named head boys basketball coach at Marion (Ind.)
on Wednesday night, according to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
. The Marion School Board unanimously approved the hiring of the 1983 Marion graduate whose uniform number is retired.
Over the last nine years, Blackmon compiled a 146-63 record with a pair of Class 2A state titles at Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
. He actually left Luers in 2011 for the Marion job, but returned to Fort Wayne three weeks later, citing family reasons. During the two ensuing years, Marion posted a losing record under Billy Shepherd, who resigned.
The landscape could change in Marion and the overall state with the arrival of Blackmon's sons, who should form a dynamite backcourt.James Blackmon Jr.
, a 6-foot-2 rising senior, had six 40-point games this year and averaged 33.3 points - which was tied for No. 9 in the nation - and 7.9 rebounds. He has committed to Indiana University and is a Mr. Basketball candidate for 2014. He also was a MaxPreps honorable mention Junior All-American choice.Vijay Blackmon
is a 6-1 rising sophomore who averaged 12.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. He also has a scholarship offer from Indiana University.
It is hoped that James Blackmon, who was one of Marion's greatest players, will be able to restore the prestige to a program that has notched five state championships.
* The Indianapolis Star reported today that Stan Benge has been named head girls basketball coach at Roncalli (Indianapolis)
. The 59-year-old Benge compiled a 519-126 record with four state titles at Ben Davis (Indianapolis), but had spent the last two years as an assistant women's coach at IUPUI.